Monday, September 14, 2009

ssn Akula class submarine pics

Project 971 Shchuka-B, NATO reporting name "Akula" is a nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) first deployed by the Soviet Navy in 1986. The class is sometimes erroneously called the "Bars" class,
Displacing 12,000 tonnes, the Akula II class submarine is believed tobe quieter and deadlier than any other nuclear attack submarine in the Russian fleet

Specifications, Akula class, Project 971:
Designed by G.N. Chernyshev at Malakhit, some 110 meters long, the Akula is double-hulled with considerable distance between the outer and inner hulls to reduce the possible damage to the inner hull. The hull is constructed of low magnetic steel, and divided into eight compartments, and features a distinctive high aft fin.

Displacement (srf/sub tons): 7,500/9,100
Dimensions (L*B*D feet): 360'1*45'9*34'1
Propulsion: 1*190MWt OK-650B Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR), 1*OK-7 geared steam turbine 43,000hp, one shaft 7 bladed propeller
Speed (sub knots): 28+
Range (srf/sub miles@knots): not relevant
Diving depth (feet): 1,475 (450m)
Complement: 25-31 officers 26-31 enlisted
Missile: SLCM sub-launched cruise missiles, Reduga SS-N-21 Sampson/Granat (1,620 n/miles nuclear warhead 200kT)
SSM sub-launched anti-ship missiles, SS-N-15 Starfish/Tsakra (24 n/miles nuclear warhead 200kT), Novator SS-N-16 Stallion (54 n/miles nuclear warhead 200kT), SS-N-27 Alfa (97 n/miles conventional warhead 200kg)
Torpedo: 4*21" (533mm) bow torpedo tubes, 4*25.5" (650mm) bow torpedo tubes, Improved Akula and Akula II: additional 6*21" external bow torpedo tubes, total mixture of 40 missiles or torpedoes


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